s skippy the bush kangaroo: January 2012

skippy the bush kangaroo

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

skippy's tuesday night music club

let's hear it for women. all of us out here who are complex, intelligent and talented....and are just plain mad at things the way they are.

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susan g. komen foundation doesn't care about women's health

they only care about the moolah their "pink" this and that brings in. if they really, truly cared about women's health, they would continue funding breast exams, cancer screenings, std testing, pelvic exams, pregnancy care and planning, annual exams, etc.

but, no. they're playing politics with women's health.

...komen's new vice president, karen handel, had run for governor of georgia in 2010 on an aggressively anti-abortion and anti-planned parenthood platform and was endorsed by sarah palin because of her opposition to reproductive choice. handel wrote in her campaign blog that she "do[es] not support the mission of planned parenthood."

"during my time as chairman of fulton county, there were federal and state pass-through grants that were awarded to planned parenthood for breast and cervical cancer screening, as well as a 'healthy babies initiative,'" handel wrote. "since grants like these are from the state i'll eliminate them as your next governor." she also wrote that she opposes stem cell research and supports crisis pregnancy centers, which are unregulated, christian-run operations whose main mission is to convince pregnant women not to have abortions.

after handel lost the gubernatorial primary, susan g. komen for the cure named her to be its senior vice president in april 2011. - huffpo

but this move shouldn't really surprise us. people associated with the "pink money machine" have shown their disdain before. the founder of the organization, nancy brinker, was the white house chief of protocol who turned the obama's away from the blair house when they were moving to washington. the obamas were not given the usual treatment for incoming president-elects. they were shown the door.

now...the door is being shut on women.

one of my favorite writers, barbara ehrenreich puts it so well...
to some extent, pink-ribbon culture has replaced feminism as a focus of female identity and solidarity. when a corporation wants to signal that it’s “woman friendly,” what does it do? it stamps a pink ribbon on its widget and proclaims that some miniscule portion of the profits will go to breast cancer research. i’ve even seen a bottle of shiraz called “hope” with a pink ribbon on its label, but no information, alas, on how much you have to drink to achieve the promised effect - salon
well...this pink ribbon culture....the pink money making machine can go to, well, somewhere where the sun don't shine.

next time someone comes around wanting you to sponsor them in a susan g. komen walk-a-thon or some such money making endeavour....tell them you will donate directly to planned parenthood in thier name. planned parenthood actually cares about women and their health...and they don't have to pay to make any pink ribbon labeled chinese made c**p. 

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:37 PM | 4 comments

drunk on a tuesday

mcdonalds twitter campaign totally backfires

newt once wanted to build a real jurassic park

what your favorite blog says about you

this should wrap up the matlock vote
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Monday, January 30, 2012

bank holiday monday

a very scary visualization of global warming

read about the wisconsin recall cam

16 policy ideas to build a strong middle class

the acura legend of zelda
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

a sunday

b of a debit card fee plan led to 20% jump in closed accounts

fbi arrests 4 east haven cops in profiling probe

second set of ikea workers vote union

"what i learned from christian sex guides"
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

a roller skating jam named 'saturdays'

corporate rule is not inevitable

what's wrong with politifact?

are you better off than you were 30 years ago?

a majority of americans would vote out every single member of congress

what's your star wars name?
posted by skippy at 10:52 AM | 1 comments

Friday, January 27, 2012

4 am friday

top firefighter union execs predict backlash against anti-union governors

romeny tax returns highlight tax breaks for the rich

two house republicans got discounted mortgages from countrywide

iran bans barbie
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

another late thursday

the wrong foreclosure settlement

google-bomb transforms the word "romney" as a verb

plus: his kids pay an even lower tax rate than romney

who wants to play? the alien v. predator chess set

and rip merlin, sherlock holmes and hamlet, aka nicol williamson
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

a wednesday in your garden

the man who predicted the recession says rhe same economic risks remain

michigan sees lowest unemployment rate since 2008

the state of the republican race

which might last until june

and congrats to out buddy steve benen, who has always been a friend of this blog, for joining rachel maddow both as a producer and a blogger
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

skippy's tuesday night music club

after the sotu speech...i'm feelin' americano..and so is someone else.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:58 PM | 1 comments

google goes all creepy

like an internet stalker.
google will soon know far more about who you are and what you do on the web.
the web giant announced tuesday that it plans to follow the activities of users across nearly all of its ubiquitous sites, including youtube, gmail and its leading search engine.

google has already been collecting some of this information. but for the first time, it is combining data across its web sites to stitch together a fuller portrait of users. consumers won’t be able to opt out of the changes, which take effect march 1. - wapo

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:37 PM | 1 comments

cold shower tuesdays

is alec behind the new voter restrictions?

16 ships make as much pollution as all the cars in the world

a visual guide of income inequality

the poses that fictional women strike on fantasy book covers hurt
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Monday, January 23, 2012

blogrolling in our time

mad props to our good friends up north, the galloping beaver
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skippy's monday night music club

50 years ago today....anthony benedetto recorded this timeless song for a timeless city.

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child's cat murdered..."liberal" written on side

this is where the vile hateful gop rhetoric goes.
the campaign manager of arkansas democratic congressional candidate ken aden arrived home last night to find his child’s pet cat murdered on the front porch with the word “liberal” scrawled across its lifeless body. - think progress and blue arkansas
“to kill a child’s pet is just unconscionable,” aden said monday morning. “as a former combat soldier, i’ve seen the best of humanity and the worst of humanity. whoever did this is definitely part of the worst of humanity,” he said.

“it is one thing to engage in civil political discourse, and for republicans and democrats to disagree with each other, which is an expected part of the political process. taking it to this level is beyond unacceptable,” aden said.- campaign website of ken aden

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new moon on monday

is the gop presidential field a tea party failure?

even if it is, don't worry, because chuck norris supports newt

dallas cowboys fan gear made in sweatshops

cosplay fail

and the solar storms create beautiful aurora borealis
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gung hay fat choy

Chinese Dragon by L2F1
Chinese Dragon, a photo by L2F1 on Flickr.
Happy New Year of the Dragon

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

skippy's sunday night music club

farewell, etta.

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environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that somehow don't make it into debate questions....

surge in cancer cases in italy linked to illegal dumping of toxic waste. - across italy, on average, 14 males in every 100,000 die of liver cancer; in the 'triangle of death,' it was 35.9. the incidence of bladder cancer was nearly twice as high, of leukaemia 30 per cent higher. the cause? some point to the massive illegal dumping of waste by the naples mafia. - london independent

documentary reveals how contaminated water at the nation's largest marine base damaged lives. mike partain didn’t believe the rumors about a place called baby heaven until he visited a jacksonville, n.c., graveyard. surrounded by hundreds of tiny marble headstones, he started to cry. - washington post

beekeepers abuzz over threats to hives. - unlike those of most u.s. commercial beekeepers, clint walker's hives are staying home this winter. for the second straight year, he won't be shipping bees to california for the annual almond crop pollination. instead, he is keeping his bees out of agricultural fields to prevent their exposure to chemicals - fort worth star telegram

dueling solyndra ads foreshadow energy-centric campaign. - the battle of the ads began on monday, when americans for prosperity, a conservative group, launched a $6 million campaign to run one-minute spots on t.v. and social media sites attacking obama for backing solyndra - inside climate news

lack of ice cover might be affecting the ecology of lake champlain. - lake champlain is freezing over less frequently and less extensively than in decades past and the lack of complete ice cover might be starting to affect the ecology of the lake according to experts.   - bulington free press

boulder a hotbed for hybrid vehicles. - if a tree falls in boulder, will it hit a hybrid electric vehicle? it's not that likely, in the big picture of things. but on the other hand, it's about five times more likely in boulder than in your average u.s. town. - boulder daily news

scab check for poultry to be scrapped under food-safety rule. the u.s. would boost monitoring of poultry processors’ sanitary practices and contamination controls instead of eyeballing each bird for scabs and sores under a plan that would save companies $250 million a year - bloomberg

costa concordia sinking: oil leaking into sea from stranded cruise liner. - oil was detected leaking into the sea from the capsized cruise ship costa concordia yesterday amid fears the stricken vessel is starting to break up. - edinburgh scotsman

republicans plot next step on keystone oil pipeline. - republicans in congress are considering using upcoming payroll tax cut or highway construction bills in order to force quick approval of the keystone xl oil pipeline but have not yet settled on a strategy, lawmakers said on friday - reuters

kids' leukemia risk rose near french nuclear plants. - while the u.s. government is investigating whether people who live in san clemente are more prone to cancer – and whether their proximity to san onofre nuclear generating station has anything to do with anything — french scientists have come to their own disturbing conclusions - orange country register

condo residents take neighbors to court over secondhand smoke. - if your home is your castle, you should be able to do anything legal you want in it, including lighting up a cigarette, right? some residents in the washington area are challenging that notion, arguing that secondhand smoke seeps through the walls and affects their health. - wapo

california woman sues pepsico's tropicana alleging deceptive advertising and consumer fraud. - a california mother is taking on orange juice giant tropicana, alleging in a lawsuit that the company's not-from-concentrate pure premium juice is "heavily processed" and not a "natural" product - abc world news tonight

shipwreck threatens europe's biggest marine sanctuary. - the wreck of the costa concordia cruise ship with 2,380 tonnes of fuel on board is threatening the environment of the italian island of giglio in europe's biggest marine sanctuary - afp

green donors want more from obama.  - many green-minded donors who backed the president during his last race in 2008 say they're thrilled with the white house's decision to reject the pipeline. But they remain unconvinced that obama is committed to other key environmental issues like global warming and clean-energy technology - politico

white house throws in the towel on interior nominee. - the white house is ending its battle to win confirmation of rebecca wodder, the nominee for a senior interior department conservation position who previously headed the environmental group american rivers. - the hill

wind farm will seek permit to legally kill eagles. - a controversial wind farm proposed near red wing plans to ask for federal permission to legally kill eagles, making it one of the first in the nation to participate in a new federal strategy aimed at managing the often-lethal conflict between birds and turbine blades - minneapolis star tribune

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i met him on a sunday

should condom use be mandatory in porn?

even the national review is embarrassed by gov. nikki haley

today is roe day, so here's 10 reasons to support reproductive justice

dr. watson's blog

this is not a joke, at least not intentionally: santorum launches "conservatives united moneybomb"...or "c.u.m."
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

10:15 saturday night

marijuana legalization bill likely to qualify for november ballot in washington

the color of welfare

dispatches from birtherstan

solar flares may drag space junk out of earth orbit
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Friday, January 20, 2012

friday on my mind

former mormons find a godless path

real financial regulators love prosecutions fraudulent bank ceos

millionaire ceo breaks waiter's finger for bad service

ostriches raised by humans fall in love with them
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Can Dish It Out, Cannot Take It...

From Thursday night's talk show mistakenly billed as a Republican debate:

...King asked Gingrich to respond to allegations by his ex-wife that in 1999, Gingrich asked her to have an open marriage with him.

"Would you like to take some time to respond to that?" asked King.

"No, but I will," responded Gingrich, receiving loud, sustained applause from the audience.

"I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office. And I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that," he said...

It is hard to find decent people to run for office -- thanks in large part to clowns like Newt Gingrich. Somewhere, Bill Clinton is laughing his ass off...

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thursday's child i want you back

which corporations occupy congress?

that's not inequality, that's math

the greatest myth about the u.s. chamber of commerce is that they have an interest in creating or protecting jobs"

terrible, terrible news: bacon may increase cancer risk by 20%
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

protect the internet

blackout is the new speech.

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waiting for wednesday

gov. scott walker violated campaign laws over 1,000 times since 2009

but don't worry, dems have collected over 1 million signatures to recall walker

pinkberry founder allegedly beat homeless man with tire iron

the sears death watch

rick santorum quotes as new yorker cartoons
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

ruby tuesday

when you hurt the unions you hurt the workers

dutch public pension fund divests itself of wal-mart stock

this looks bad: completely-drug-resistant tb emerging in india

what do you know, it turns out pseudonymous comments on the internet are the best
posted by skippy at 11:33 AM | 3 comments

Monday, January 16, 2012

stormy monday

the top 5 myths of the gop tax spin machine

christian identity: the scariest religion you don't know about

pat buchanan blames gays, people of color, and van joenes (among others) for gwtting him fied from msnbc

these kids today with their rock and their roll...need some science
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

sunday girl

the right wing's internet envy

god vs. unicorns

more and more women are happy to never get married

rare albino hummingbird caught on camera
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

only on a saturday night

who broke the economy?

candidate mitt worth 2,708 times the average american

violent crime is way down in los angeles

black man to gingrich: "stop usimg blacks as a punching bag"
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Friday, January 13, 2012

friday night fever

report: sexism is rampant in the british press

english is pure chaos

and who cares if the ny times should be a truth vigilante? the real question is should vanity fair be a spelling vigilante?

thank goodness somebody has a list of all the steampunk facebook pages
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

outlook for thursday

the gop's problem with hispanics

and has the gop lost its narrative?

elevator gate did a lot for the feminist /skeptic community, but mostly it won a major award doe rebecca watson

the secret lives of bats
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

king of bain (lyrics)

there’s a little black spot on my resume
it’s just all of the jobs that i threw away
there’s a little pink slip that i’m thinking of
because firing folks is the one thing i love

canned 'em in california, let 'em go in maine
on my way to my gop white house reign
and you all watch your paychecks going down the drain
'cuz you know that’s why they all call me the king of bain
words & music: stung, a. winters, s. dopeland

and here's the music, if you want to sing along:
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wednesday week

romney's tax plan would raise taxes on the middle class and cut them for the rich

pew research finds most americans agree w/#occupywallstreet on income inequality

the meaningless sideshow of the electoral process

the internet society turns 20 this year
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

tuesday afternoon

the sociopath as banker

remembering reagan

chipping away at roe

the 7 creepiest abandoned brothels on earth
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Monday, January 09, 2012

(tell me why) i don't like mondays

last year was a really good year for the auto industry

the gin and tacos 2011 c*cksucker of the year: donald trump!

lance mannion on ron paul on war

and here's the ultimate libertarian defense of ron paul

and stop the presses, er, we mean, let the presses start: keith olbermann will host current's coverage of the new hampshire primary:
a spokesperson for current confirmed that progress between the two parties was made over the weekend and that they expect olbermann to participate in election coverage going forward.

memo reveals tension over gop primary
"he told us he will do upcoming special election coverage," a current spokesperson told [the hollywood reporter] on sunday. "we certainly hope he does. that was our intention all along."

olbermann will have complete creative and editorial control. but it's unclear exactly what that coverage will look like; whether olbermann will do a special edition of countdown with his own panel of guests or lead the network's politically direct election specials, which have featured cenk uygur, jennifer granholm and network co-founder al gore.

the timing of the détente means politically direct will continue as planned on tuesday.

as much as we love having keith's liberal voice on television, we tend to agree w/mistermix @ balloon juice:
is there a bigger candy-ass crybaby prima donna than keith olbermann?
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Sunday, January 08, 2012

happy birthday, elvis

thanks for the music...and the laughter...

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blue sunday

debbie wasserman schultz is right: romney is a job cremator

florida state rep tries to undo voter suppression law

comparing the gop candidates tax proposals

you'll enjoy this sign in a new hampshire restaurant

and may we say that avedon carol nails it:
and until we get some national voices making the case for the genuinely liberal approach to those issues - and being heard - we will be in big trouble, because the only person who even makes something that, on the surface, sounds a bit liberal, is a crazy and dangerous right-wing crackpot named ron paul.
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Saturday, January 07, 2012

skippy's saturday night music club

saturday night's purr-fect for cat'n around with miss kitt.

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saturday is the best day

republicans really are anti-science

48 ads that never be allowed today

chicago parents and teachers use occupy techniques to protest school closures

are you smarter than a 4-year-old?
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Friday, January 06, 2012

skippy's friday night music club

friday. wow...what a difference a day makes.

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another friday night

indiana statehouse no longer 'the people's house'

the making of the 99%

feministe has a new look

and humble people tend to be more helpfil
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Thursday, January 05, 2012

skippy's thursday night music club

tonight...tina covers the rolling stones.

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thursday afternoon

utah doctors join the occupy movement

number of homeless children in america highest in history

the pot calling the kettle 'nasty'

and hang on, it's time for cats and baths!
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snowy owls soar south in rare mass migration
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

skippy's wednesday night music club

tonight...a little tina turner doing a beatles cover song...as only tina can.

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wednesday girl

top story tonight: democrats dominate twitter

it's the ron paul supporter drinking game!

get ready to occupy congress on jan. 17

daddy, what was government?
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password breach

a massive breach of security has exposed over 68,000 credit cards. the main cause of the breach was insecure passwords.

here's my tip for creating secure password that is easy to remember: pick a title from a book or box or something that is always on your desk and use that as the passwords. make it all lower case except for the third and fourth characters and substitute a letter for a number in the first i, l, or o. Seems complicated but is easy once you try. say the book "Tom Sawyer" is on your desk and is a permanent fixture. it might be one of a dozen books on your desk. so now your password is "t0MSawyer" (that second character is a zero). i don't like that it is only nine characters, but then i always go for fifteen or more characters. for many years i used UN1XthecOmpletereference, but then i worked in computer security some years ago and learned a lot about password cracking. my current password is above fifteen characters and has case changes and number substitutions and some non-alphanumeric characters.

password cracking can be done in a number of ways, but a dictionary-based cracker is easily defeated by my suggestion. you can't defeat a brute force cracker that generates every character and number combination in the world, but if you have a complex password, it will take a brute force cracker too long to crack your password, making it worthless to hackers to try.
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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

skippy's tuesday night music club

more aretha. just because she's the queen of soul.

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tweet of the day

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barely out of tuesday

autism and racism

roy edroso gives the best analysis yet as to how libertarianism is f*cked up

is fukushima radiation killing seals in alaska?

orcs for romney!
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Monday, January 02, 2012

skippy's monday night music club

congrats to the queen of soul who will be walking down the aisle this year.
(apparently her fiance has not heard this song...)

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new moon on monday

thers provides an accute analysis of the gop field

don't forget the raging misogyny of ron paul supporters

gee, maybe ipads and kindles don't interfer w/an airplane's instruments all that much after all

lance mannion reviews "tintin"
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this is why gop wants to defund pbs

they challenge the right wing nut job's dog whistle talking points....especially the "there is no such thing as climate change" meme.
mainstream news outlets spent a lot of time in 2011 covering the record-breaking year for extreme weather in the u.s. but only a few of them spent much time exploring the link between those events and global warming.

so pbs deserves a special mention for a segment that aired last week looking at how global warming is influencing extreme weather events. as jeff masters, co-founder of the weather underground, explained in the piece: "they all tend to get increased when you have this extra energy in the atmosphere. I call it being on steroids ... for the atmosphere." - grist

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vermont trying to live up to it's name

"les verts monts" - the green mountains.
vermont has taken a large step forward for us states, outlining in its comprehensive energy plan how it will get 90% of all its energy from renewable sources by 2050. currently vermont gets 23% of its energy from renewable sources, mostly biomass and hydropower which supply roughly 50% of the state's electricity. - treehugger

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

tweet of the day

santorum surge will test the strength of the dikes

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environmental news stories sunday

let's hope 2012 is a better year for the environment than last year. it doesn't seem to be starting off well...

smog from celebrations closes philippine airport. - smog from new years eve celebrations was so thick in manilla this year that flights had to be diverted - philippine daily enquirer

anyway...happy new year to all of skippy's readers.

global warming: top stories of 2011. - if 2011 goes down as the year that global warming awareness reached a critical mass, it could be attributed to the spate of unusual weather events around the globe - summit county citizens voice

world pays ecuador not to extract oil from rainforest. - an alliance of european local authorities, national governments, us film stars, japanese shops, soft drink companies and russian foundations have stepped in to prevent oil companies exploiting 900m barrels of crude oil from one of the world's most biologically rich tracts of land - london guardian

diy cesium scanning store may be 'new normal.' - the surreal sight of a do-it-yourself radiation testing facility standing next to a hardware store and an Internet cafe raises a question for japan: is this the new normal? - japan times

ohio connects quakes to injection well. - the state has temporarily halted the disposal of waste produced from shale drilling within a 5-mile radius of the d&l energy brine-injection well on ohio works drive in girard. the announcement was made late saturday following the magnitude 4.0 earthquake that shook the youngstown area around 3 p.m. - youngstone daily business journal

oil rigs may provide bird buffet for sharks. - heaped on a table at the laboratory, the pile of beaks, feet, eyeballs, feathers and whole bird carcasses testified to what may be the oil industry’s most unexpected environmental impact - mobile press register

severe storms led to sewage spills across connecticut. - while power outages during tropical storm Irene and the october snowstorm left much of the state in the dark, they had a less-publicized but possibly more damaging result — millions of gallons of raw sewage spilled into waterways throughout connecticut when backup power systems failed at waste treatment plants - hartford current

wildfires devastate chilean wilderness. - wildfires sweeping through one of south america's most famous national parks are devastating thousands of acres of pristine habitat. so far, more than 21,000 acres of torres del paine have been destroyed by blazes that have yet to be brought under control - london independent

more storms on the way unless we learn to manage the land. - when the bureau of meteorology releases its annual data this week, it will probably announce that australia has just had the second or third wettest year in its recorded history. no surprise. by changing the landscape, we changed the weather - sydney morning herald

nimasa: bonga oil spill requires national, international response. - as efforts to clean the oil spillage at the bonga offshore production storage and offloading vessel continue, the management of nigerian maritime administration and safety agency has said only a national and international response could save ecological and aquatic lives in the oil- and gas-rich niger delta region - lagos this day

new china food safety scandal widens to oil, peanuts. - chinese authorities in a southern boomtown have detected a cancer-causing toxin in peanuts and cooking oil that was only recently discovered in milk, in the nation's latest food safety scandal - afp

green will be hot for 2012, flordians predict. - being eco-friendly will be important in art, food, landscaping and across the spectrum of design, floridians predicted. - melbourne florida today

missing maps mean pg&e lines weren't inspected. - pacific gas and electric co. failed to check nearly 14 miles of gas distribution pipelines for leaks for up to two decades when it lost track of 16 maps needed to guide mandated safety inspections of its system in eastern contra costa county. - sfgate

a tempestuous year. - is there a connection between last year’s extreme weather events and global warming? the answers might be a lot clearer if the republicans in congress were less hostile to climate change research. - nytimes

the recession squeeze on buses and trains.  - for the average american driver, the time wasted in traffic jams has more than doubled in 30 years. the best way of easing that gridlock — not to mention saving gas, curbing pollution and finally finishing that novel — is public transit - nytimes

new hampshire celebrates 25 years of environmental protection. - the year 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of des and its service to the people of our state. des has played a vital role in protecting and restoring our precious natural resources and public health - exeter news-letter

only new economics can save great lakes . - there is a substantial and growing consensus that planet earth is in trouble and that the prevalent economic model, which has brought us to the point of crisis, will not be the solution to the crisis - ashland current

study: does enduring extreme weather make you vote liberal? - on the heels of a disastrous weather year in the usa, and with the long presidential campaign season looming, a new study finds that people who have endured extreme weather events are more likely to support environmental legislation, even if it means restricting individual freedoms. - usa today

benzene fouling drinking water at suncor refinery, chemicals seeping into sand creek. - toxic petroleum dissolved in groundwater beneath suncor energy north of downtown denver is seeping directly into the bottom of sand creek near the creek's confluence with the south platte river, and piped drinking water at the refinery may be contaminated with benzene - denver post

arnold schwarzenegger's green road back. - in recent weeks, schwarzenegger has begun to return to the spotlight, making public appearances at renewable energy and climate change events, advocating for green technology and touting his energy achievements in the golden state - politico

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 7:08 PM | 0 comments

happy new year

members of congress have gotten much richer in the last 6 years

93 year old woman who cleaned tennessee state capital for 30 years denied voter id under new law

how right wing conspiracy theories may pose a genuine threat to humanity

mcdonalds closes all their stores in bolivia
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